The new EP from Eleanor Nelly is nothing short of superb. The Liverpool-based singer-songwriter has produced a record that is full of catchy tunes. They exude a new-found self-confidence that has emerged from the ashes of a previous relationship. No wonder the title declares that ‘The Best is Yet to Come’.
On opening track ‘Colour-Blind’, she hammers home the message that “I’m taking back full control of me”. The pressing drumbeat of the chorus asserts her determination to break free from the heaviness and control in a relationship where she has almost forgotten herself. The music is lively and otherwise light, giving the impression that Eleanor is an empowered spirit rather than a broken soul. This is evidenced in the title track with its vision-casting into a future that looks hopeful, and is helpful for anyone struggling with a sense of belonging or direction. The chorus is full of resolute passion, including the beautiful lines, “the fire that burns inside / let it be the light that guides”; with emotion that touches gently but is felt deeply.
The lead single from the EP, ‘Goodbye’, relates the need to break-up with someone “because we’re out of time”. The soft lilt in Eleanor Nelly’s voice belies the strength of person she is, though the fabulous country-pop production that surrounds her vocals ensures that she means business. It sets lines like “when you look at me… is there anything that you wouldn’t change” in context, proving why, though “I don’t want to say goodbye / I need to… I don’t want to make you cry / but I’m going to”. Such assured action is affirmed in the words of the final track ‘Wash the Night Away’, in the immortal lines “you’ve got to be cruel to be kind”. It is a wonderfully upbeat and toe-tapping song that offers a barnstorming end to the EP. It relates the no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is side to Eleanor Nelly who appears to be like a blossoming flower rising out of the ashes on this EP.
‘The Best is Yet to Come’ displays an inner strength from this emotive soul whose music known locally by many now deserves to be heard on nationally through this EP.
Originally written for and published on Belles & Gals on October 20th 2021.
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